29/30 October 2021, 23/24 Cheshvan 5782

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone.

These are the words of poet David Whyte and they feel so apposite at the moment. Many FPS folk are contracting Covid despite being vaccinated and some even boostered. We are all so linked and with that in mind I wanted to reassure that we are being careful and responsive in 54 Hutton Grove as and when we welcome you in.

We will continue to watch and respond closely to changing guidelines and to the safest way for us to be together in the synagogue. Masks are still compulsory and we still mark over 1 metre between households. Please feel reassured and reach out if you have any questions.

Much appreciation to Dean, Michael Lassman, John Rubinstein and Paul Silver-Myer who will lead Shabbat services this weekend. We are fortunate as a community to have such skilful and willing members.

This week’s parasha is Chayei Sarah narrating the death, and life, of Sarah. But the words that penetrate are about Isaac mourning his mother and being comforted when he finds and loves Rebekah.

Isaac took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after [the death of] his mother.

We are none of us alone there is always someone to comfort and to share. I hope that is true in our community. David Whyte continues in his poem, Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation…Everything is waiting for you.

Shabbat Shalom,